As I've been working on my overview for 2015 and what I want to accomplish with regards to my fitness, I'm discovering one very challenging truth: I don't want to give up anything!
Realistically, I know that I cannot plan any events until June. The next 4 months are going to be some of the busiest my family has ever experienced, and I need my focus to be at home. Financially, I need to stay within my budget while getting some maintenance done on my bike (new chain, possibly a new cassette if I have damaged my current one with the lack of replacing the chain before it got too stretched out), getting a new helmet (did you know they expire??), and replacing a few worn-out pieces of gear.
I have made my decision for my "Big Goal" for 2015 and while I am incredibly excited about the opportunity and extremely thankful for the people who are coming alongside me to make it financially feasible, I am finding it really hard to consider what I will be giving up in order to make this goal a reality.
I will be taking a step back from triathlon - which I LOVE - so I can focus on achieving that Marathon Maniac goal I attempted without success back in 2011. I know that this is the year to make it happen. I am physically stronger than I was back then, and much smarter about training and fitness. I know what it will take this time and I'm willing to do it!
But I will have to give up some things that I love - long Saturday morning bike rides with my triathlon friends being the biggest one. I will need Saturdays for long runs! And I will need to run 4 days per week, and swim and bike short distances/times once each week so I can have a full day to rest. I need to follow the training plan The Penguin has set before me (in his book, Marathoning for Mortals LOL). It's funny to think that I will actually be spending LESS time in training for a full marathon than I did for a Half Ironman!
Another thing I will have to give up is my swim and bike endurance. The training plan calls for 30-40 minutes of cross training! That's about half of my typical bike or swim workout that I do twice a week right now! LOL Yes, my running volume will increase (and I'm going to actually start increasing that now so that I have a nice running base built up before I step back to start at the beginning of the training plan) but it will be 6 workouts a week and currently I do 10 workouts a week!
It just dawned on me that I will have to give up my weekly Open Water Swim. Dang! I must really be hooked on triathlon to be missing THAT! LOL Maybe I'll have to go up there a couple times a month since that will be my rest day?!? ;)
I made so many friends in triathlon last year while training for Augusta! I am going to really miss training with them this year! :( But I realized how badly I want to make this Marathon Maniac goal a reality! It's that one thing that I set out to do but didn't reach it - and the timing seems to be perfect for it to happen THIS YEAR!! I can't wait!
What is YOUR Big Goal for 2015?!